Parliament paralysed in the ongoing winter session, amid the logjam
Parliament paralysed, BJP feared the loss of political capital. As business in the Parliament has remained paralysed, the government and BJP now have turned their attention to ensuring that they did not lose any political capital from demonetization in times of polls.
Just at the time both the houses were adjourned for the day amidst an Opposition-government standoff on the issue, BJP chief Amit Shah has walked into the Parliament House complex and had a 45-minute meeting with the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his office.
Sources have revealed that the agenda of the meeting was political. Finance secretary Shaktikanta Das was also present at the meeting. With the elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab due early next year, the BJP cannot further afford to allow the inconvenience, which is caused to the common man post demonetization, particularly in rural areas, to continue for too long.
Government to focus on agriculture sector
The government will focus on the agriculture sector over the next eight to ten days, in order to make the farmers secure during the Rabi season, as per sources.
While the BJP party is very confident of gaining political mileage from, demonetization in the long run, the government would further have to take immediate step to mitigate the hardships in the immediate aftermath of the announcement.
Meanwhile, inside Parliament, the government further seems to be in no hurry to engage with the Opposition in finding a way out of the deadlock.
While the Opposition has been insisting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence in Rajya Sabha and also an adjournment motion to further discuss demonetization in Lok Sabha, the government appears to be buying time before either House debates it.
However, the government is yet to reach out to the Opposition, sources said. The government has not given in to the Opposition demand for the Prime Minister’s intervention in the Upper House, saying their concerns will be answered by the finance minister.